Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/10/13
The Braves offense it seems just needed a vacation from the Phillies pitching staff. A little warm air and a tropical breeze in Miami didn’t hurt either particularly where the Marlins had no one suiting up named Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels. The Braves broke out of their Phillies-induced slump with a five-run fourth inning Monday night and used it to hold on for a 5-2 victory against the Marlins. “We’re just trying to get in the right direction” said Evan Gattis who doubled in two runs in the fourth after a weekend in which he came up just once with a runner in scoring position. “It’s good to ease up relax and just get back to winning baseball games.” The Braves recorded all five of their runs and hits in that fourth inning but it was good enough to snap a four-game losing streak and lower their magic number to eight with 19 games to play. Kris Medlen (13-12) moved over .500 for the first time all season after allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings for his sixth straight quality start. Medlen is 7-2 with a 2.77 ERA in his past nine outings including those eight starts since July 28. “Now it’s pretty fun to look back and see that I started 1-6 and kind of turned things around” Medlen said. “They had a huge inning for me today. That’s kind of what’s gotten me to this point this year. Me trying to put up zeros and the team scoring runs for me.” The Braves’ five-run frame the second time through the order against right-hander Henderson Alvarez was two more runs than the Braves had scored in 16 innings over the weekend against the Phillies’ two left-handers. Once the Braves started “the line moving” in the fourth inning as manager Fredi Gonzalez calls it they didn’t want to stop. Six out of seven batters reached including the first five in a row. Justin Upton Freddie Freeman and Gattis got it started with three consecutive doubles the last of which netted two runs on Gattis’ double down the third base line.
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